By Lance Avery Morgan  

It’s that time again. It’s time to get inspired to find hidden treasures at The Settlement Home for Children’s 46th Annual Garage & Estate Sale. On November 5-7, the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road, in Austin), is the place to be. We love that the sale is a unique Austin tradition that provides an opportunity to shop tens of thousands of items at truly bargain prices. While ranging from jewelry to furniture to tools, there’s something for everyone! The best part, that we likely love most, is that every dollar raised goes to support the families and children The Settlement Home for Children serves.

The Settlement Home for Children, a Texas mainstay, is a licensed nonprofit organization that serves individuals who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse, and neglect. They provide 24-hour care to help children in foster care access the materials and support needed to restore and preserve a permanent sense of well-being. Our mission is to promote healing and growth in children, young adults, and families by providing a continuum of care, support, and resources.

Each of their vital programs builds a foundation for children so that they can develop a set of skills and beliefs that lead to self-efficacy. The support they provide includes taking care of children’s therapeutic counseling, emotional needs and physical health, providing nourishing meals and recreational activities, helping them develop healthy relationships and supporting their academic growth.

For more information about the 46th Annual Garage & Estate Sale and to buy tickets, visit or contact




By Lance Avery Morgan             Photography courtesy of Hot Pie Media

Have you ever wanted to have one, central place to find all your favorite podcasts…and to discover new ones, too? Look no further, thanks to the recent launch of Austin-based Hot Pie Media. The top-drawer talent in Hot Pie’s stable is staggering, including hosts like Academy Award and Tony Award -winning actress Marcia Gay Harden, award-winning actor Chris Noth (“Sex and the City”), Emmy Award -winning actor Judge Reinhold, (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Beverly Hills Cop”) and Steppenwolf founder John Kay (known for the Rock anthems: “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride”). Whew.

With daily original podcasts, music shows, and specials…and with a powerhouse team of media industry professionals at the helm, the on-demand network creates diverse and all-encompassing content on over 30 platforms with an impressive list of celebrity hosts. So, the Hot Pie Media Network allows podcast creators to do what they do best: create, and Hot Pie Media does what it does best: produce, manage, distribute, promote, and monetize content. Hot Pie Media covers topics ranging from the arts, business/finance, comedy, crime, curiosity, and entertainment, to food, health, history, inspiration/spirituality, kids/family, Latino, lifestyle, music, news/politics, science/technology, society/culture, and TV/film, and the company continues to add to this list.

Hot Pie Media has assembled a world-class team of partners from the top level of the media and entertainment industry including renowned media veterans Robert Walker (KLRU-TV/Austin City Limits Board of Directors), John Peyton (founder of Jagger Peyton Entertainment), and UK-based Chris Jagger (musician and author, and younger brother of Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger), Sherry Daly (worked with The Rolling Stones for nearly 40 years, running their London management office and was personal manager to Charlie Watts for more than thirty years and Ronnie Wood for the last ten years of her tenure prior to her retirement), David Raphael (the visionary behind the marketing success of podcasts “Joe Rogan,” “SmartLess,” “Serial”, “This American Life,” Anna Faris’ “Unqualified” and Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert”), and Andrew “Andy” Meyer whose accomplishments include: former President of Robert Redford’s production company, Executive Producer of iconic movies “The Breakfast Club,” (giving John Hughes his first directing deal), “Birdy,” “Better Off Dead,” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” as well as Executive Producer of Sting’s GRAMMY Award-winning music video “Bring On The Night.” Now that’s serving up some talent and content.

“Our partners and relationships in the industry play an active role in the day-to-day development of our original and curated content,” said co-founder Robert Walker. “There’s a lot of talent, both celebrated and yet to be discovered that deserves to be heard but don’t have the support, expertise or time to reach a larger audience on their own. That’s why we created Hot Pie Media.” Said Co-founder John Peyton, “Creating nationally syndicated radio shows was rewarding for us because of our affinity for terrestrial radio stations; however, podcasting and streaming is now in the mainstream of content creation and distribution.”

Hot Pie Media has licensed, developed, and acquired the most unique audio/visual content for distribution on over 30 listening platforms, which include Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Castbox, Google Podcasts, and YouTube. So, what are you waiting for? Tune into a new favorite podcast today.



Per Vitem! Ad Vitam! Through the Vine, Toward Life!

By Rose Betty Williams      Photography by Charles Quinn Photography

Kent and Connie Sullivan

THE SETTING: The Austin Chapter of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine of America recently hosted the 21st annual Grand Assemblage and Enthronement Dinner at the Hotel Granduca Austin. Upon arrival, the members, happy to see each other after months of separation due to Covid, enjoyed lively conversation and a champagne reception in the veranda and outdoor patio with passed hors d’oeuvres. A plated dinner prepared by Executive Chef Collin Kaskel followed in the Salone Ducale ballroom with wines especially chosen to complement each of the five courses. The wines served, all rated 92 and above, included  a 2010 Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blancs Brut, a 2016 Simonnet Febvre Chablis Les Presuses Grand Cru, a 2019 Chene Bleu Rose, a 2016 Occidental Pinot Noir Freestone Occidental, a 2016 Argiano Solengo Super Tuscan and Graham’s 20-year-old Tawny.

Ron Mullen and Lynnda Colby Carter Mullen

THE STYLE: Toasts to KOV camaraderie echoed throughout the ballroom as the members watched a slide show of past KOV events that was produced by Austin Chapter Master Commander Jerry Gatlin. The Austin Chapter Cadre is comprised of Gatlin, Master Vice Commander Randy Groves, Master Commander Emeritus Ed Auler, Master Commander Emeritus J. Buckner Hightower, Master Gastronome Susan Auler, Master Roving Ambassador Jan Burrow, Master of Amity Jim Green, Lady Oenophile Jo Green, Cellar Master Chris Hightower, Master Councilor Bill Krumpack, Master Scribe Forrest Preece, and Master des Partis Rose Betty Williams.

Rose Betty Williams, Jerry Gatlin and Susan Auhler

Kelly and Travis Lightfoot & Dana and Dennis Jakubowicz

THE PURPOSE: The KOV Austin Chapter Cadre along with Robert C. “Buddy” Hagner, Jr, Grand Commander of the Knights of the Vine of America, walked in procession to the front of the ballroom for the enthronement ceremony.

Gatlin welcomed everyone and called on Susan Auler to introduce the new members: Daniel and Maria Bleier, Lynnda Carter Mullen and Ron Mullen, William Deaton and Cecilia Neuhaus Deaton, William Denigris and Penny Jamrack, Austin Dula and Amanda Massey, Don and Christa Heath, Ann Kugler, John and Nancy Mullen, Skip and Biddie Porter, John Robinson, William Stassen and Deborah O’Connell, Jim and Terry Whorton, and Tom Wilkinson and Lynn Nolen.

Buddy Hagner

Jim Whorten and Linda Ball and Forrest Preece

Founded in 1964 and in the tradition of wine brotherhoods around the world, KOV seeks to promote the US wine industry and educate members to the benefits and enjoyment of wine. KOV strives to promote American wines and wine producing regions; to introduce and recognize quality wines from around the world; and rekindle the respect of wine and wine culture for mankind and country. Currently, there are 16 chapters in the U.S.





Nini Jewels Partners With Saks Fifth Avenue To Debut Fall Collection

By Eleanora Morrison

Ethelyn Berino, Cliff Bueche and Nini Hale

THE SETTING: In preparation for the 25th Anniversary of the Nini Jewels partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks San Antonio hosted an exclusive in-store luncheon in Nini Hale’s honor to showcase her new fall collection. Invited to the event was an intimate gathering of clients and Saks Fifth Avenue general management. Heidi Parkhurst, Vice President General Manager and Susan Rice of the Saks jewelry department welcomed their guests in attendance.

Nini Jewels, Fall ’21 Collection

Rooted in History & Rich in Culture, this is Nini’s Story

Nini’s Jewelry was first showcased at Saks Fifth Avenue where the designs continue to be sought after by women with impeccable taste. Every precious NINI piece is hand made with the commitment of the best craftsmanship and attention. Each piece will bring joy to the person who puts it on. We integrate the ancient world to spring modern designs.

THE STYLE:  Nini’s fall collection was debuted at the luncheon in a showcase of autumnal technicolor. Featuring nature’s kaleidoscope of deep emerald greens, topaz golds, Bordeaux burgundies and marvelous mauves, the jewels were brought to life in all of their shimmering splendor, wowing and inspiring guests to add the pops of timeless glitz to their glamorous collections. 

Madeline Slay, Denise McCrea and Charmaine Gomez

Luncheon Ambiance, Saks Fifth Avenue San Antonio

Heidi Parkhurst and Susan Rice

THE BRAND: Jewelry designer Nini Hale comes from an artistic Thai family whose clients have included celebrities, art collectors and sophisticated jewelry buyers from around the globe. Every Nini creation is brilliantly and vibrantly colorful and engineered with innovation for lasting value and generations of enjoyment. Nini Jewels spans generations, starting from Nini’s grandmother, who perfected the art of the “birdcage” bracelets. Driven by her vivid imagination since childhood, Nini Hale created Nini Jewels as an outlet for creative expression. Founded in the 1900s, Nini Jewels expanded into the United States in 1992. 

Nini Hale

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Experience The Passion, Live On Stage Oct. 22nd-Nov. 7

Photos by Lynn Lane, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

A tragedy of obsessive love, Bizet’s Carmen from 1875 is considered the most popular opera in the world today. It is impossible not to smile with recognition when the well-known first notes of the prelude ring out from the orchestra. Mezzo-soprano and HGO Studio alumna Carolyn Sproule takes on the role of the famous bohemian whose beauty, confidence, and provocative lifestyle captivate the soldier Don José, sung by incredible tenor Richard Trey Smagur, although his jealousy will ultimately destroy them both. Bass-baritone Christian Pursell in his HGO debut as the bullfighter Escamillo and Houston favorite and HGO Studio alumna soprano Heidi Stober as Micaela are ensnared by the passion of the two lead characters. Expect striking costumes and gorgeous dancing in director/choreographer Rob Ashford’s acclaimed production, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya in her HGO debut.


Visit the Houston Grand Opera website HERE to book your tickets today. 



Met Ball 2021 Dazzles With A Return To High Fashion

By Lance Avery Morgan   Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph Lauren

We all know that the Met Gala is the toughest ticket in town. Since it’s invitation-only, we wanted to share how the festivities shaped up last night to inspire your own fall dressing, with a bird’s eye look at the event…

With the cancellation of the event in 2021, due to the pandemic, plans have been in the works for its comeback. Part 1, last night, was centered around this year’s exhibition, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. The second part, slated for next May, when the gala usually occurs, is sure to be a showstopper.

The hosts of this year’s event, media stars Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, and Billie Eilish, didn’t disappoint with their Tik Tock generation P.O.V. An energetically youthful swagger throughout the event’s red carpet was palpable.

Iman in Harris Reed

In fact, we’ve all come to expect opulent, extravagant fashion, really, costumes, at this Oscars for the fashion crowd. Yet, this year is special due to the pent-up demand of all-out glamour due to COVID-19.  Were there any surprises? Sure. Was there the feeding frenzy of the most visually appealing outfits by the paparazzi? You bet.

One thing you can be sure of with the Met Gala is that the lucky guests (and their style teams) put their all into what envelops their bodies for the occasion. Here’s a look at both our favorites, as well as some classics, that will invigorate your gala and red carpet dressing…

Gabrielle Union in Samantha Black
Billie Eilish in Oscar de la Renta
Kaia Gerber in Oscar de la Renta
Emily Blunt in Miu Miu